My Ten Favourite Things About Christmas

The build up to Christmas officially started in our house this week as we hung out our wreath and put the rest of the decorations up too.  These are definitely two of my favourite things about Christmas so it seems a good time to write a post based on the Instagram tag that Lucy from Lucy At Home kindly included me in.  

toddler twin girls decorating Xmas tree

In no particularly order then I love: 

1) seeing all the wreaths and garlands on the doors in the neighbourhood.  The decorations and twinkly lights certainly bring some joy and cheeriness to the cold and dark mornings and afternoons. 

2) putting all the decorations up as a family.  There is something magical about watching the children’s excitement at hanging decorations on a tree….

3) …whilst listening to some Christmas songs!  The Michael Bublé Christmas album is a firm favourite in our house. 

4) Warm mince pies with brandy butter & talking of food…

5) …the traditional Christmas dinner is delicious but I think I love the turkey rolls with cranberry sauce, stuffing and bread sauce for tea even more!  I will try and do some ‘mindful eating‘ on Christmas Day this year and am very grateful to my hubby who always does the lion’s share of the cooking.

6) Pulling Christmas crackers and wearing the paper hat throughout the afternoon on Christmas Day – I’m always the last to take it off!

7) Watching the donkey procession that happens on Christmas Eve near us and singing carols around the church on the heath afterwards.

8) Snuggling on the sofa in front of the fire and watching some Christmas TV.  We love ‘Strictly’ in our house and so of course watch the special on Christmas Day.

9) Going to the local pub to see friends for some festive fun and fizz.  The kids love seeing their friends there too.

10) And last but not least…. Spending time together as a family and being present by taking a break from social media and having a bit of at ‘digital detox‘ in general.  In fact having a break in general with no schoolwork and lots of game playing :-). 

Writing this list has really given me a boost after a busy, and somewhat stressful, week.  With our in-built negativity bias it’s all too easy to get sucked into the less joyful aspects of the festive season.   If we’re not careful we start to feel overwhelmed, stressed, a little bit bah-humbug and scrooge-like so it’s good to remind ourselves of the lovely aspects of Christmas too.   

lf you have a go at a list like this I’d love to know what is included.

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas.

handwritten Hayley

Lucy At Home

The Pramshed



  1. December 16, 2017 / 12:22 am

    Lovely! Happy, healthy holidays to you and yours! <3 #ablogginggoodtime xoxo

    • onamindfulmummymission
      December 18, 2017 / 10:51 pm

      And to you and yours Lisa. Take care and have a good one xx

  2. December 21, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    I’m always the last to take my cracker crown off too! Haha. But that’s from years of playing a game where the person who wears it the longest gets a prize! Hahaha.And I love the sound of the donkey parade – I’ve never heard of that before! #blogcrush

  3. December 21, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    The first would be decorating the Christmas tree with my kids, then watching my mom make her famous Christmas pudding – the aroma of steamed pudding that lingers in the kitchen is amazing. Then of course Christmas day when we all gather around the table to feast and then afterwards we all so tired we just want to nap.#fortheloveofBLOG

  4. January 1, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    What a lovely list! I love decorating the tree with my toddler and can’t wait until our baby is old enough to join in too! #fortheloveofBLOG

  5. December 1, 2018 / 9:53 am

    They’re great reasons. I love meeting up with friends and family too.

  6. December 1, 2018 / 10:07 am

    I am also a major Christmas lover. I am off to a Christmas Fair now and I can’t wait to have all the Christmas feels. Time with family and without technological distractions is a major win for me too. Happy Christmas Hayley to you and your family xx #thesatsesh

  7. December 1, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    Thank you Hayley, for reminding me about some of the loveliest aspects of Christmas. I can easily slip and become Scrooge-like, so have to work on keeping my focus positive. Happy Christmas to you and your family! xx #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      December 6, 2018 / 3:00 pm

      And to you lovely xx

  8. December 1, 2018 / 6:07 pm

    Some much to look forward to! #thesatsesh

  9. emptynestmummy
    December 1, 2018 / 7:16 pm

    A great list! I’d start mine with fairy lights. I flipping love fairy lights. In the interests of keeping some pride and dignity, I’ll refrain from saying how many sets I have!

    • onamindfulmummymission
      December 6, 2018 / 2:59 pm

      Ha ha ha! xx

  10. thesingleswan
    December 1, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    We put our christmas decorations up this afternoon. We have a LOT of christmas lights everywhere. I am also really looking forward to Christmas. I am hosting this year again. It is easy relaxed and I actually quite enjoy it (thanks to waitrose). I am taking a fortnight off work which I am definitely looking forward to. Pen x #thesatsesh

  11. December 2, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    I do love the twinkly lights, eating mince pie and relaxing with the family X #thesatsesh

  12. December 3, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    #thesatsesh always so simple and always breath taking

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